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Her words live on. || RIP Maya Angelou

April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you? 

Why are you beset with gloom? 
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken? 

Bowed head and lowered eyes? 
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you? 

Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you? 

Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame

I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

And how lucky we are that she left us with her wisdom.

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Quotes for this particular season of my life. || May 2014.

Her feet were large, and she had a habit of whistling badly, but these things made her worthy of being loved. A goddess might be adored for a moment, but only a real person can speak forever to the rest of us.” 
– Terri Windling, The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest  

“Maybe, one day, I’ll settle for second best. And on that same day, hell will freeze over, the sun will burn out and the stars will fall from the sky.” 

– Lemony Snicket 

I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in…but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.” 
Jean-Paul Sartre

“Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.”

– Ally Condie

This is a giant block of whatever is most difficult for you to carry & trust me on this, you’ll carry it more times than you can count until you decide that’s exactly what you want to do most & then it won’t weigh a thing anymore.”

– Brian Andreas

The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow it to make its own way, completely on its own feet.”
– Isadora Duncan

Opening your heart and being courageous and telling people that you care about them or like them or that you think they’re special only makes you a better, bigger, kinder, softer, more loving person and only attracts more love in your life.
Amy Poehler

Her lips drink water but her heart drinks wine.  
– ee cummings

Some people, they can’t just move on, you know, mourn and cry and be done with it. Or at least seem to be. But for me… I don’t know. I didn’t want to fix it, to forget. It wasn’t something that was broken. It’s just…something that happened. And like that hole, I’m just finding ways, every day, of working around it. Respecting and remembering and getting on at the same time.  
– Sarah Dessen

I’m running because I can, because I must. Because I want to see how far I can go before I have to stop.  
– Libba Bray

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"too much."

do you remember the first time you were
called annoying?
how your breath stopped short in your
the way the light drained from your eyes,
though you knew your cheeks were ablaze
the way your throat tightened as you tried
to form an argument that got lost on your
your eyes never left the floor that day.
you were 13.

you’re 20 now, and i still see the light fade
from your eyes when you talk about your
interests for “too long,”
apologies littering every other sentence,
words trailing off a cliff you haven’t jumped
from in 7 years.
i could listen to you forever, though i know
speaking for more than 3 uninterrupted
minutes makes you anxious.
all i want you to know is that you deserve
to be heard
for 3 minutes
for 10 minutes
for 2 hours

there will be people who cannot handle your
grace, your beauty, your wisdom, your
mostly because they can’t handle their own.

but you will never be
and have never been
“too much.”

Tyler Ford  via.

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On the time Kate Middleton helped me out of a funk. (Kind of.)

I’ve been in such a funk lately. Everyday tasks seem daunting and each passing day without a reply regarding certain projects leaves me feeling more and more hopeless. But I’m trying. And hoping. And so long as those two things are happening, I think I’m going to be just fine… all in time, right?

In the meantime I’ve had time and inspiration to post almost daily on my royal blog, Duchess-at-Large. Writing and talking about everything royal? Hello happiness.

Also! I’ve updated my tumblr! It looks heaps better. Oh! And I’ve been pinning! Whew, that’s a whole lot of nothing too exciting, but every little bit helps keep my wheels turning and that’s the important thing.

And I love sharing it with you. Because maybe your wheels need a little oil to get going and maybe I can help in that? Or maybe you just like pretty pictures (curated, not taken by me)? Whatever tickles your fancy.

Should you be into royals, or anything Kate Middleton related, well I’ve got some posts that you may enjoy.

I wrote about my favorite of Kate’s Royal Tour looks, and of course, my least favorite. (I’d love to know your thoughts!)

P.S. Remember when I went to Copenhagen and fell in love with the Danish Royals? Well, tomorrow is Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary’s 10th wedding anniversary. The palace released photos. They’re perfection.

P.P.S. This quote. YES. Yes to this:

I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. -Roald Dahl